The news kids, smoking away, waiting for the lunch mob to come. “The Newsboy Strike of 1899” was a just underway in the U.S. The youth-led campaign going head to head with Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst's newspapers.
The brave young strikers demonstrated across the Brooklyn Bridge for several days, effectively bringing traffic to a standstill, along with the news distribution for many New England cities.
The strike lasted two weeks, causing Pulitzer's New York World to decrease its circulation to 1/3 of its current daily volume of 360 thousand papers.